Erica Seawards, RN student at Granite State College and nurse at Cornerstone VNA in Rochester, has been awarded this year’s Mary Ellen LaRoche Nursing Scholarship. Seaward was chosen for her commitment to compassionate care and mentor leadership in the home care setting.

The Mary Ellen LaRoche Nursing Scholarship supports individuals currently employed in home healthcare or hospice working towards an associate, bachelor’s, or advanced nursing degree. The scholarship honors Mary Ellen LaRoche, the executive director of Carroll County Health & Home Care in Chocorua, until her death in 2009. She was a mentor to paraprofessionals and nursing staff throughout her career.

“The need for highly educated nurses is growing. We are delighted to be able to support New Hampshire nurses committed to furthering their education.” said Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care CEO Gina Balkus.